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    5 Travel Beauty Hacks You Need to Know

    I’ve been hit by the Wanderlust bug, hard. I love travelling to different places and being able to understand the interesting stories behind all the gorgeous places. However, travelling comes with the dreaded task of packing. I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible at packing just the necessities, especially when it comes to makeup. I don’t know why or when I’ll need 5 eyeshadow palettes or 13721 lipsticks (just me?) for a week long trip, but I just do. Also, you know that feeling when you’re super excited to finally unpack and leave the hotel room, only to find that the shampoo has spilt over every. freaking. thing? How about uncomfortable flights or having super dehydrated skin and feeling like crap after a long flight? Over the years, I’ve picked up a couple of Travel Beauty Hacks that prevent all that and more, that has made travelling that much more fun and hopefully, it’ll be helpful to you too!

    Bye-bye Liquids, Hello $$$!

    This is probably my NUMBER ONE tip! It will save you from any spills, save you a ton of space and even save you money if you don’t need checked luggage. Most of the time, I check in my luggage just so I can bring my liquid products without the 100ml limit. If you can, find solid substitutes for all the liquid beauty products. My favourite place to find these is in none other than one of my favourite stores on Earth, LUSH.

    The LUSH Solid Shampoo Bars are my must-have when it comes to travelling. They’re compact, they work so well, they smell freaking amazing and they have a ton of different ones to choose from! My favourites are their Honey I Washed My Hair (their signature Honey I Washed The Kids soap scent) and their Jason and the Argan Oil (Ro’s Argan – sweet rose scent) solid shampoo bars. If you want to save even more space, they have these multi purpose bars called Fun. Fun can be used as a shampoo, soap and also to draw yourself a bubble bath. How fun!

    When it comes to skin care, cleansing wipes are really great to pack in place of cleansing waters, oils, etc. They are great at taking off your makeup and to refresh your skin, even when you’re on the plane! My favourite cleansing wipes are by far the Simple Cleansing Face Wipes. I also love packing my go-to cleansing balm, the Banila Co Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser, because it can take off even the most waterproof mascara and also, it’s not a liquid which means… no need for checking in my bags!

    Contact Lens Cases!

    Many people tend to bring sample sachets for skin care when they travel but I try my best to avoid them. I only bring the products that I’m using at that time so I already know that it won’t break me out or cause an allergic reaction while I’m on holiday. This used to be a problem because skin care products are so big and heavy… until I found this awesome hack! Contact lens cases. All I do is transfer the amount of whatever I need to a contact lens case. Contact lens cases work great for this because you can put different products in a different compartment. 3 contact lens cases are usually enough for my entire skincare routine so that saves me a TON of space when I pack! You can also use this hack for hair oils/serums, and even hair gels and waxes!

    Cushion Your Compact Powders With Cotton Pads

    This was one that I recently found that saved my makeup! I don’t even know how many compact powders I’ve broken before I found this hack. Thank god I found a super Easy Way to Fix Broken Makeup though! But prevention is always better than cure, right? All you need to do is place a cotton pad or two in your compacts before travelling. You want to place enough to fill up the empty space in the compact, but you also want to make sure it’s not too full that you can’t close your compact securely. This will cushion the powder to keep it safe when travelling!

    FREE Perfume Samples or Get a Travalo

    Unlike skincare products, I save all my perfume samples so I can bring them when I travel! If you’re from the US, you can actually get free perfume samples from places like Sephora and Nordstrom. If you have a signature scent that you wear religiously, you could always get a Travalo! Travalo is a refillable perfume atomiser that you can fill up with your favourite perfume. I LOVE my Travalo, but if you love trying out new perfumes like me, free perfume samples are definitely the way to go!

    Mini Facial on the Plane cause.. why not?

    I like to fly with a very minimal amount of makeup on – just my brows and mascara, with a tinted lip balm on my lips. The air on the plane is very drying and can take a toll on your skin, especially on long flights. I love to do a little “mini facial” when I get on the plane just to keep my skin hydrated and bright. I start off by refreshing my skin with a cleansing wipe and then I like to spray on a facial mist. My favourite right now is the mini Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray because it cools, soothes and moisturises my skin at the same time. Then, I like to follow up with a mask. I’ve tried sheet masks and people give me weird looks lol, so I’ve switched over to a sleeping mask instead. Sleeping masks are leave-on heavy duty moisturisers made to withstand the harsh AC at night so it works really well in a flight too! I’m obsessed with the Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack right now!

    Those are some of the unique travel beauty hacks I’ve come across over the years that has really helped me! I hope they are helpful to you too, and maybe they’ll solve a couple of your travel woes! I’d love to know if you have any other travel beauty hacks, so leave them in the comments below! 🙂

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    16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now

    Hello, friends! Korean beauty products have been all the rage for quite some time now, and for good reason. They are innovative, have super cute packaging, and in my personal experience with most of the products I’ve tried, very effective! When you’re first starting to try out K-beauty products, it can be a little overwhelming because there are a ton of products out there. Korean makeup looks are usually more on the natural side because they focus mainly on skincare. If you’ve never heard of the crazy Korean beauty routines, one of the most popular ones is probably the 10-step skincare routine. Yep, 10 different products for one skincare routine. It works though. I mean, have you seen their youthful glow?

    Whether you’re a K-Beauty addict like me or just wanting to dip your toes in the (very dangerously addictive) K-beauty waters, these are the 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now!

    16 BEST Korean Beauty Products You Need!

    1. Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel – This stuff saved my skin. No kidding. I used to have those pesky tiny bumps all over my forehead that just don’t seem to go away. I put on a thick layer of this on my face before heading to bed every night and washed it off when I woke up. My skin cleared up within two weeks! Even though those little bumps have cleared up, I still use this to prevent them, keep my skin moisturised and looking glowy. Because aloe vera has natural soothing properties, it also cools down the skin after a long day and helps with sunburns too.

    2. MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule – Ampoules are basically concentrated serums that are targeted toward a specific problem. This MIZON one has anti-aging properties and helps to lift the skin. The cool thing about this product is, the effect is very noticeable very quickly (many Amazon reviews agree!). It helped with my skin elasticity and gave me bouncy, glowy skin. This also makes my face feel very smooth and soft.

    3. Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Mask (Strawberry) – Sleeping masks are one of my favourite Korean beauty products in general. You apply it before going to bed and wash it off in the morning with your usual morning cleansing routine to reveal soft, glowy skin. I’ve been using this Etude House one for a while and I love it because it doesn’t feel sticky on my skin and is very lightweight. Also, how cute is that packaging? Makes me crave bubble tea! It also comes in 3 different “flavours”, Strawberry, Green Tea, and Black Tea. They also have a 3 pack one, with one of each “flavour”.

    4. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – If you have very chapped lips, you need this in your life! I use this as a lip balm when I wake up, and also before I go to bed. I apply a thin layer in the morning and a thicker layer at night so it can work its magic to reveal soft lips when I wake up. I swear by this stuff – my lips have never been chapped again. Love!

    5. Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Stick Cleanser – This cleanser is everything I want in a cleanser – it lathers up easily, it doesn’t feel drying on the skin, it takes off any dirt or leftover makeup, and it has a very fresh scent that I love. I use this as my second cleanser, after a cleansing water, and it’s amazing. It cleans my skin so well and brightens up my skin too. This is also great for travelling since it’s not a liquid and you can just bring it on the plane for long flights.

    6. VDL Lumilayer Primer – If you have combination/oily skin, but you still love a good healthy glow when it comes to your foundation, you need to try this out! After putting this on, any foundation you put on top of it will look radiant and naturally glowy. It has a very soft glow effect that doesn’t look greasy or oily. This is definitely one of the best “glowy” primers for combination/oily skin.

    7. TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks (11 Pack) – Sheet masks are a must in every Korean skincare routine! I really love these ones because they’re so effective and very affordable. They have so many different ones, but my favourites are definitely the moisturising and the brightening ones! The moisturising ones help with the dry flaky skin on my cheeks and the brightening ones leave a healthy glow on my skin.

    8. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser – I use this cleansing balm in place of my cleansing water when I have more makeup on my face. It removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara and long-wear liquid lipsticks. I scoop out a small amount and rub it gently on my skin. It melts immediately upon contact with the skin and melts all the makeup off with it. I use a cleansing foam after this, and my skin feels super clean but not dry. This also comes in a BIG size tub of this, if you’re interested!

    9. TONYMOLY Petit Bunny Gloss Bar – Take a break from the drying, liquid lipstick trend and use this instead! It’s a highly moisturising lip product that gives a subtle pop of colour to the lips. And have you seen this packaging? I have two backups of this in my collection! It’s one of my favourites “no makeup” makeup products.

    10. Labiotte Wine Lip Tint (6 Colors Pack) – The packaging of this lip tint is a wine bottle and it comes in 6 different colours to choose from. This dries down to a matte finish and is very long-lasting. There is also a sample kit with 3 of these wine lip tints available on Amazon. If you’re a beauty product lover AND a wine lover… this is for you! No reason not to get it, right? Better yet, you could even wear your new wine lip tint while you drink wine!

    11. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine – This is an exfoliating pad that is amazing for sensitive skin. If physical scrubs are too harsh for your skin, check this one out! Not only is it super effective, it also has a wine scent! Can you tell how much I love wine? #sorrynotsorry haha!

    12. Etude House Tint My Brows Gel – If you cherish every minute of sleep you have in the morning, you need to get this! I LOVE this stuff! This is a brow tint that lasts about 3 days before fading. I apply it and leave it on for about 2 hours, then I peel it off (yes, it’s a peel off but it doesn’t hurt at all and it doesn’t pull out your brow hairs, promise!). It usually takes me around 15 minutes to do my brows each morning so using this product saves me a ton of time.

    13. The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28/PA++ – This concealer is creamy, high coverage and doesn’t crease! It’s very lightweight yet covers every single blemish. It’s also really great for concealing undereye circles. I haven’t tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but a ton of reviews say that this is an exact dupe of the NARS. It’s very affordable, and it works amazingly. I featured it in my Half Drugstore, Half High End post if you want to see it in action!

    14. Kailijumei Flower Jelly Moisturising Lipstick – When I first saw this lipstick, I was pretty sceptical because it looked gimmicky… But I was actually proven wrong! It’s a colour changing lipstick that depends on the temperature. It’s very moisturising on the lips and it stains the lips so it lasts all day! If you love gorgeous lipsticks and long-lasting stains, this is definitely for you!

    15. belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – This is my favourite moisturiser EVER. It really hydrated my skin, balanced out the oils, and best of all… it helped me clear my skin! It has a really aromatherapeutic scent that I absolutely love! I have a full review of this up if you’re interested to read more in depth information about it and how well it worked for me.

    16. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule – If you’re a fan of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, try this one out! It’s much (and I mean muchhhhhh) lighter on your pocket and is just as effective. I love how this brightens my skin and also keeps my skin moisturised and looking glowy.

    So those are the 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now! I’ve tried my fair share of K-beauty products and I think these are some of the best. If you’re just wanting to start trying Korean beauty products, these are definitely the products to try first! If you’re a K-beauty addict, and you have more recommendations on your favourite Korean beauty products, let us know in the comments!

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    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    Hello, friends! Today’s blog post is a very exciting one – it’s doing 3 different makeup looks using the same palette! This post is in collaboration with The Butterfly Project (which is an amazing community for beauty bloggers in Malaysia) and 1028 Visual Therapy. 1028 Visual Therapy is a Taiwanese beauty brand who pride themselves on creating beauty products catered to Asian skin and features. The cool thing about 1028 Visual Therapy is that their products are all “skincare cosmetics”. This is because all their makeup products are infused with skincare essences that not only allows you to express yourself through your makeup, but benefits your skin too.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    I used all 1028 Visual Therapy products on my face in this post so you can see how they look like on. On my face, I used the 1028 Moisture Infusion CC Essence Cream SPF30 PA++. I freaking love this CC Cream. It feels very lightweight and not tacky on the skin at all. Just one thin layer gives decent coverage – it conceals all my redness (which is a huge problem for me!) and evens out my skin tone. It doesn’t look cakey at all either. The finish of this CC Cream is a beautiful soft, natural, glowy finish. And when I say glowy, I don’t mean greasy glowy. It just has a super beautiful radiant finish. I’m in love with the gorgeous finish, can you tell? Haha. The only downside to this is that it has quite a strong perfume-like scent, which does bother me a little bit and something you should keep in mind if you’re sensitive to fragrances. The scent doesn’t linger when you put it on your face though.

    To set my CC Cream, I used their famous 1028 Ultimate Oil Control Powder. This powder is known to control oil without drying out the skin by transforming the excess oil into a natural glow. If you have dry to normal skin, this would be amazing on you. However, since I have combination skin that leans more toward the oily side, I find that it doesn’t mattify my face enough. I like that it doesn’t make the skin look cakey and the finish is a beautiful matte but not flat look. It still leaves a little bit of a glow peeking through. By a couple of hours wear, my face tends to get shiny again. It’s very easy to retouch though, so if you have oily skin and don’t mind retouching throughout the day, this is a gorgeous powder with a beautiful finish.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    On my eyebrows, I used the 1028 Longwear Eyebrow Definer in 02 Dark Brown. This eyebrow pencil has quite a chunky tip in the shape of a rhombus which makes doing my eyebrows a lot faster. Even though it has a chunky tip, the edge of the tip is very thin and can make very precise lines when doing the tail of the eyebrows. The eyebrow pencil is the middle ground between hard and soft and is quite pigmented so it’s quite easy to go overboard. But the grooming spoolie on the other end works well to blend out the product seamlessly, leaving a natural finish.

    In the second makeup look, I used the 1028 Infinity Longwear Black Eyeliner. This eyeliner blew me away! It’s very comparable to my favourite eyeliner, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. The eyeliner has a brush tip, much like the KVD, and is very easy to use. It’s very pigmented and goes on very black in just one swipe. Not only that, it lasts the entire day on my oily eyelids! Love!

    For my lashes, I used the 1028 Miracle Extension Mascara. In makeup looks 2 and 3, I did use a pair of falsies though just to amp up the makeup look. But this mascara is a pretty decent mascara. It doesn’t volumise much, but it is very lengthening and separating. It doesn’t look clumpy at all. The formula is very dark and long lasting. This is also waterproof so it doesn’t sweat off throughout the day. Eventhough it is waterproof, it is quite easy to remove with just warm water.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eye Makeup Kit

    The star of this whole post is none other than the 1028 Brownie Eyeshadow Kit. This eyeshadow palette contains 6 neutral shades. It has a nice mix of light, medium and dark neutral shades. These eyeshadows are also very pigmented and easily blendable. The only downside to this palette is that all of the shades are shimmery and I usually like to have at least one matte blending crease shade in my palettes. I used shade 1 as my brow bone highlight in all the looks. So without further ado, lets check out the 3 different makeup looks that you can do with just 1 neutral palettte!

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Neutral, Everyday Look 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Neutral, Everyday Look

    For Day-to-Day Wear: Natural, Soft Neutral Eye

    If you’re an everyday eyeshadow gal, this one’s for you! For me, if I’m just feeling like wearing eyeshadow through a normal day, I like to just define my eyes a little bit. To brighten up my eyes, I use a slightly brigther than skintone shade (shade 2 in the palette) all over my lids and in my inner corners. Then, with a darker colour (shade 6), I apply that to the outer 1/3 of my lids. This creates more dimension on my eyes. On an everyday basis, I’m usually too lazy (or have not enough time in the morning because I snooze my alarm way too many times) to do a precise eyeliner look.  I like using a dark eyeshadow (shade 4) and just applying it near my lashline to add more dimension to my eyes and also make my eyelashes look fuller.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Full Glam, Smokey Eye 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Full Glam, Smokey Eye

    For Events/Night Outs: Full Glam, Smokey Eye

    This is probably the makeup look I do the most because I usually only do eyeshadow if I have an event to go to. For a full glam, smokey look, I like to apply the second darkest colour from the palette (shade 4) all over my eyelids to create a smokey base. Then, I concentrate the darkest shade from the palette (shade 6) on the outer V to create a more smokey, winged out look. With a light champagne colour (shade 3), I apply that to the ball of my lids right in the centre to brighten my eye look a little bit. Also, I highlight my inner corners with a bright colour (shade 2).

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Dramatic, Halo Eye 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Dramatic, Halo Eye

    For a Dramatic Look: Dark Halo Eye

    Halo eye makeup looks have become a huge trend recently and for good reason. It adds just the perfect amount of light and shadow to really brighten and enlarge the eyes. For this makeup look, I start by adding a dark colour (shade 4) on both the inner 1/3 and outer 1/3 of my eyelids. Then, using a fluffy blending brush, I blend out the edges before applying a light champagne colour (shade 3) to the centre of my lids. To add more light and shadow, I applied a dark shade (shade 6) on the outer half of my lower lashline and a bright colour (shade 2) on the inner corners, also bringing it along the inner half of my lower lashline.

    So there you have it! Three different makeup looks for three different styles of makeup, all using one neutral palette! This doesn’t just apply to this palette, but to any other palettes that you might have too. If you’re interested, you can find 1028 Visual Therapy products at key Watson’s.

    Also, if you’re a beauty blogger based in Malaysia, head on over and join The Butterfly Project! The founder, the lovely Tammy from Plus Size Kitten, and the other Butterflies are amazing! Not only that, you get to apply to and join campaigns just like this one, events, and other blogging opportunities 🙂

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    *Products were sent to me to craft an informative article. A huge thanks to 1028 Visual Therapy and The Butterfly Project Malaysia for the amazing opportunity. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

    Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Body Hair Removal

    Summer is coming!!! Summer to me means crop tops, summer dresses, and of course cute shorts! And all of those mean.. no more slacking when it comes to removing body hair, hahaha! There are so many types of hair removal techniques, but which is the best? I personally prefer shaving, just because I have very low pain tolerance, and that means waxing is out of the picture! Shaving is effective, convenient, painless (if done right!) and most importantly, fast (lazy girl probs, amirite?). So today I thought I’d show you a full on guide to shaving for the (lazy) every day girl, not-so-cleverly titled “Shaving 101”.

    Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Body Hair Removal

    I’m just going to come right out and say it before we begin, no you don’t have to remove your body hair if you don’t want to. I’m all about the “you do you” concept! I personally prefer removing body hair, especially in certain areas, for hygienic purposes. Also, shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker! This is a common myth! Now that that’s out of the way, lets get started! 🙂

    Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Body Hair Removal

    Different Body Part, Different Razor?

    For hygienic purposes and for ease of hair removal, using a different type of razor for each body part is really important. For my arms, underarms, and leg area, I like using those normal razors you find at the drugstore that are specifically marketed for women. I don’t have too much hair on my arms and legs so I only do this about once every two weeks. However, for the important parts of my body, I love using my Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer. This electric trimmer comes with two interchangeable razor heads for different parts of the body, and three clip ons for desired and even length.

    But What Do I Use, for Which Part?

    For my eyebrows, I use the smaller razor head that offers precision so I don’t accidentally shave my eyebrows off (gasp!). My natural eyebrow shape is absolutely horrible – it’s sparse, and it grows everywhere. I like that I can get a clean shape when I use this. I also love the clip on it comes with, which I run over my entire brow to trim my brow hairs the same length. This helps to even out the brows so it doesn’t look patchy. My eyebrow hairs grow very fast so I do this every 5-7 days to prevent caterpillar eyebrows. I also like using the smaller razor to shave my gal-stache and the sides of my face. This makes makeup go on much smoother!

    Another area where I love using the Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer is down south! I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally like to keep my bikini area shaved and clean. Shaving your pubic region is actually more hygienic, especially when it comes to your periods. I’m sorry but my next sentence is going to gross you out, haha! If you use pads, you know pads with period blood and pubic hair don’t mix well. Maybe going completely bare down there is not your thing. However, it’s good to keep it clean and sanitary down there, so the electric trimmer comes with an attachment comb that you can use to trim your hairs to your desired length.

    Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Body Hair Removal

    To Use Shaving Cream, or Not to Use Shaving Cream?

    Shaving cream or gel is extremely important if you’re shaving with normal razors! They keep the area you want to shave moisturised, and reduce the risk of cuts and nicks. If you’re using an electric razor, some will still require some sort of shaving cream. Make sure you read the instructions carefully! As for the Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer, no shaving cream is required. It is highly recommended that this electric trimmer be used on dry skin.

    How to Prevent Cuts and Nicks

    Shaving is the best way to remove body hairs because it is painless, but only when done right! If shaving is not done correctly, there is a high chance of getting cuts and nicks. I find that using an electric razor specifically made for sensitive skin like this Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer is the best way to go. The most common way to prevent cuts is to shave while you’re in the shower in a warm environment. The warmth opens up the pores, allowing the hair to be removed much easier, whereas the water helps to lubricate and moisturise the area. If shaving out of the shower or if you have very sensitive skin, use a shaving cream to prevent cuts and nicks. Not only that, shaving your hair following the direction of hair growth will help prevent cuts and nicks too! Lastly, change your razor blades regularly! Once the blade starts to get dull and blunt, shaving won’t be smooth and might cause cuts!

    Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Body Hair Removal

    Moisturise Well After!

    After shaving, it is important to moisturise your skin well to prevent irritation. I used to not know this and wondered why my face would have red patches all over where I shaved. I did some research and found that it’s razor burn. Now before I shave, I apply a thin layer or aloe vera gel to prevent razor burn, and another layer of aloe vera gel after to cool down and moisturise the skin. Also, moisturising leaves your new clean, shaven skin soft and supple!

    That concludes my Shaving 101: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Body Hair Removal! I hope you found it helpful! To recap, choosing the right razor for different parts of the body is the most crucial step. Make sure your skin is well moisturised before and after shaving to make shaving a completely painless process!

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    *PR Sample. The Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer was sent to me to craft an informative article for you guys. All my opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

    Why You’re Not Losing Weight (And How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days)

    Happy (or not, if you’re superstitious, sorry) Friday the 13th, guys! I’m so excited today because I’ll be sharing with you guys how I lost 10 lbs (~4.5kgs) in 30 days! I’m just going to come right out and say that I’m not a certified dietitian, but this is my personal experience (hopefully it can be yours too!) and what I’ve learned from my nutritionist. A little history behind my attempts to lose weight (I say attempts because they’ve never worked out!): I’ve tried going on diets, took replacement meals, and even tried fasting (literally not eating food for 3 whole days, don’t try this at home kids!), but nothing ever worked out for me. I would lose weight, and gain it back twice as much and twice as fast. Today I’ll be sharing a couple of reasons why I could never lose weight (and probably why you’re not either!) even though I was working super hard to shed those pounds.

    Why You're Not Losing Weight + How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days

    A Plethora of Diets

    There are SO many diet plans available out there like the no carbs diet, skipping meals, meal replacements, and I’ve even tried one that I had to eat only an apple for each meal of the day. Google diet plans, and you’re bombarded with 11 million results. Starting with the no carbs diet, do not ever do that! You hear me? Never. Carbs are so important – your body needs carbs to function properly. Carbs break down into glucose and that is your main source of “fuel” for your body. There are both good and bad carbs, and knowing which is which and what to eat is the way to go!

    Replacement meals used to be my main weight loss plan. Replacement meals basically come in little sachets and you mix in water, shake and voila, dinner! Most of the replacement meal plans I’ve tried replaces breakfast and dinner, so I only eat one regular meal a day. Eating one regular meal a day will not provide enough nutrients for your body to function well!

    The most intense diet I’ve tried is… *drumroll* fasting. What in the world was I thinking? The fasting diet is a 3, 5 or 9 day plan where you eat only 3 red dates (which I just found out is called jujube) a meal. So 9 jujubes a day, that’s all you get. Please, may I have some more? No, you may not.

    Why “Diets” Aren’t Working For You

    Most diet plans deprive your body of something your body needs: like carbs or protein. Our body’s energy (or calories) comes from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The main, preferred source of energy comes from glucose. Carbohydrates break down to form glucose. When there is not enough glucose, your body uses the stored carbohydrates, called glycogen. Glycogen carries with it water, so when your body burns it off, you lose weight. But once you stop the diet, you gain it back twice as fast. Why? Because the weight you lost is just water weight.

    When your body is deprived of protein, you won’t be able to build muscle. This is because muscle is made of protein. You might be thinking, “I don’t even want muscles! I just want to lose weight!”. Well, well, I’ll tell you why you’d want muscles! More muscle burns more calories in a day, even when you’re at rest. This will, in return, increase your metabolism, woohoo!

    Why You're Not Losing Weight + How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days

    How I Lost 10 lbs (~4.5kgs) in 30 Days

    10lbs in 30 days might not seem like much to some, especially now that there are a ton plans that promise “Lose 10lbs in 1 week!” or something cray-cray like that. I won’t say that it will not work, because it will, you will lose weight. But whenever you lose weight that quickly, you can bet that it’s just water weight. Anyway, back to 10lbs in 30 days.. not much to some.. yada yada.. but let me tell you.. I eat so much in a day now. I eat triple the amount that I used to eat while I was gaining weight, but I still manage to lose around 2-3 lbs a week. Yes, I’m eating the right foods, and no – the right foods are not limited to tasteless salads or bland boiled chicken breasts. More about that in a bit!

    The best decision I made was to go see a nutritionist. At that time, I was done. D.O.N.E trying to lose weight! DONE! I was so sick and tired of the bleh food, all the hard work exercising, and not losing any weight. My boyfriend suggested going to his family’s nutritionist and I told him that it would be the last time. One last chance. And I’m so glad I listened, because my nutritionist is so helpful and taught me so many things about losing weight. He taught me all I know, and told me why I wasn’t losing weight no matter how hard I tried. With his guidance, I was finally able to (and am continuing to) lose weight.

    Why You're Not Losing Weight + How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days

    Cut Calories, Not Food!

    This is the most important part of this entire “plan”. If you’re someone that has been on diets, or if you only eat one or two meals a day, and you’re thinking why the heck you’re still gaining weight when your friend can pile on the burgers and donuts and look 1/3 of your size. << Sorry, that was my rant.

    A big piece of chicken, which can fill you up, is 300 calories whereas one slice of cheese pizza (just pizza dough with cheese on top and nothing else!) is 272 calories. Top it with some pepperoni, throw in a few more slices, and you’re up to 800 calories. With 800 calories, you could eat: 1 palm of chicken, 1 palm of fish, 2 palms of vege, and 1 palm of tofu. Basically what I mean is, you shouldn’t cut down on the amount of food you eat, but eat foods that are lower in calorie.

    Everyone has an ideal daily calorie intake, depending on a variety of factors. You can get this ideal daily calorie intake by downloading MyFitnessPal on your phone (available on Apple Store & Android – not sponsored! Just a huge fan haha) and entering your weight, height, age, and stuff like that. Not only does it calculate your ideal calorie intake, you can keep track of your daily calorie intake in the app.

    High Protein, Low Carbs

    Every meal should have more protein to carbs. You still need enough carbs to give your body enough energy, like I mentioned 2491210 times. Ugh, just shut up already, Jiawun. But yes, carbs. Important. When I say low carbs, I’m talking about simple carbs like white rice, sugars, candy, and sweetened stuff. If you want to eat simple carbs, eat a very small amount. I avoid simple carbs at all costs and swap them for complex carbs like brown rice, potatoes, vegetables, beans and lentils. However, protein is even more important. More protein, more muscles! More muscles, more calories burned per day.

    Choose Your Meats Wisely

    This might be the hardest parts for some people. I cut out red meat completely. Red meats include beef, pork, veal, lamb, etc. Some red meats contain high levels of saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol, which increases heart disease.

    Eat More Meals, and Never Skip Meals!

    Make sure you feed your body every 4 hours – say you have breakfast at 8am, make sure you eat something before 12pm. If you can’t eat lunch at 12, eat a fruit somewhere around 10am, and you can eat lunch at 1-2pm. If you’re not eating a meal in the 4 hours, grab a (healthy) snack! Another one of the most important things to losing weight is to.. Never skip meals! Ever. Capiche? Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to dip, and makes you eat more when you do eat, which will then cause your blood sugar to rise too much, and excess sugar will be stored in fat cells.


    Drinking water is so important! Water is a no-calorie drink and helps you burn calories (win-win, right?)! Every time you eat or drink, your body has to work to process it, burning calories. Not only that, sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually just thirsty! I make sure to drink a glass of water every hour, from when I wake up to 7pm. I limit my water intake after 7pm so I won’t have the urge to pee (lol) and disrupt my sleep in the middle of the night.

    Why You're Not Losing Weight + How to Lose 10lbs in 30 Days

    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout

    If you’re lazy like me, but you still want to work out.. HIIT workouts are your best bet! HIIT workout is basically doing high intensity exercises in shorts bursts, and last for less than 30 minutes a day. The HIIT training I’m currently doing is the Bodyboss 12-week program. I like this program because it has a 4-week Pre-training program, which is great for beginners or people who have not worked out in a long time (like moi). HIIT workouts are great because they help you burn fat AND build muscle. Cardio workouts are great at burning fat, but it’s harder to build muscle, and it’s the other way around for weight training. HIIT combines the best of the two to get you the best results.

    Pre and Post-Workout Meals

    Never, ever work out on an empty stomach, guys! My favourite pre-workout snack is a banana. It gives me enough energy to last through my workout. When you work out, it is normal to lose protein so a post-workout meal that is high in protein is essential! I don’t usually eat a full-on meal after working out, I like to carry a protein shake or a protein bar with me for my post-workout snack.

    That is everything for now, guys! If you’ve been trying to lose weight for some time now but you haven’t been seeing results, hopefully this post will help you get started. Remember, cut calories, not food! Let me know in the comments if you guys have any other tips and tricks to lose weight! 🙂

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